Shea was the chair of the Committee On Diversity Affairs, a sub-committee of the Lawrence University Community Council that worked to address issues of diversity on her campus and create a safe space for all identities. She is most interested in the use of artistic expression and education to empower youth and has worked for the non-profit organization Young Chicago Authors that provided Chicago area youth a progressive space for spoken word. She believes deeply in collaborative processes, as all people possess a multitude of assets that can help build a community. Shea studied studio art and education and hopes to continue to advocate for the use of art and word as a means to empower, create dialogue, and restore our communities.
Phone: Where I'm From: Collected Stories of Home From Lawrence University Through the use of collective storytelling, Sheas Blueprint places multiple narratives of transition from home to the Lawrence University community into the art gallery, especially stories that have traditionally been excluded from the space. Shea is collecting and curating stories from 7 individuals to craft holistic portraits that include watercolor, pencil, writings, and objects, found and created. Each portrait will weave race, culture and experience in an attempt to expose how people of various identities and backgrounds experience the university system very differently. In a world where many people (mostly white) believe we have moved beyond color, these portraits connect race, ethnicity, and the multiplicity of our identities to our experiences in the various systems of the United States, especially those that consider themselves progressive or liberal. A participatory piece and poetry workshop will allow others in the community to place themselves in a similar where am I coming from? framework and begin to have inner and outer dialogue about what race means to them.